Chicago, the largest U.S. city after New York and Los Angeles, is famous for its towering skyscrapers that make it a distinctively modern city: A city that has managed to find a balance between urban construction and green space with many parks within the city center.
Chicago has a large and active gay and lesbian community. There are two main neighborhoods in gay Chicago. The first is north of Lake View at Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street. This is "Boystown" where most of the gay establishments are concentrated: posh restaurants, vintage clothing shops, theaters and music halls. The second gay area in the city can be found at Anderson Clark Street between Lawrence and North Foster Avenue.
Chicago is bursting with activity! Concerts, plays, and events are organized daily, and the city has a rich musical heritage: Blues, jazz and country. The city's festival period is intense! It begins with Memorial Day weekend and the election of Mr. Leather International. Then comes Gay Pride the last weekend in June, which usually begins at the intersection of Halsted Street and Belmont Street and ends at Lincoln Park, the largest public park in Chicago.